Minimally Invasive Artificial Disc Replacement Shows “Significantly Better Results” Compared to Traditional Procedures (Source: Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery of Texas)
Dr. Scott Kutz, an expert in the field of cervical spine surgery, has published a new article that discusses how minimally invasive spine surgery has shown “significantly better results” in terms of risks and recovery period than traditional open spine surgery.
Plano, TX (PRUnderground) March 13th, 2020
Spine surgery experts in Texas have found minimally invasive artificial disc replacement to show “significantly better results” compared to traditional cervical spine procedures.
According to Dr. Scott Kutz, MD, head of Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery of Texas (MINT), minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is the better option when it comes to cervical spine surgery.
This is in terms of complications and recovery period involved in the procedure.
In an article published on the clinic’s blog, the neurosurgery expert emphasized how traditional spinal surgery is prone to plenty of risks.
“Traditional spinal surgery comes with a lot of risks because it involves creating a long and big incision, exposing a large part of the body’s internal cavity,” Dr. Kutz explained. “In an area as sensitive as the spine, risks are not to be taken lightly.”
Complications that may arise following conventional treatment include excessive bleeding, infection, and blood clots. The procedure may also result in pseudarthrosis, chronic neck pain, and permanent damage to the nerves.
In worst cases, it may also lead to paralysis, or sometimes, intra-operative death.
On the other hand, he noted how minimally invasive artificial disc replacement is a better option when it comes to risks involved in treating cervical spine injuries.
“Minimally invasive spine surgery still comes with risks, albeit much less dangerous and rarer compared to those of conventional surgical methods.”
MIS is the result of modern advancements in medicine and technology, according to Dr. Kutz, who is also an expert in the field of cervical spine surgery.
The modern procedure involves smaller incisions compared to the long and big cuts in traditional spine surgery.
It uses specialized instruments such as the tubular retractor to create small tunnels leading to one’s spine. This is done without having to open up the body, thus reducing pain, trauma, and damages to the skin, muscles, and bones.
In terms of recovery, patients who underwent MIS only need a short hospital stay.
This involves just one to two days of hospital stay. In some cases, the surgery can be treated in an outpatient procedure.
Meanwhile, patients who underwent traditional procedures are required to stay at the hospital for three to five days.
On average, those who chose the open spine surgery would also need to undergo a series of physical therapy and pain management. They are required to do it for six months up to a year to fully recover and live a normal life.
“Having the surgery is just the first step to recovery through a big one,” Dr. Kutz explained, referring to how traditional surgery would take more than just the procedure. “Traditional spinal surgery typically comes with a harder and longer recovery period.”
That said, Dr. Kutz, along with the spine surgery experts in MINT, believes minimally invasive artificial disc replacement is significantly better in terms of results than traditional open spine surgery.
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About Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery of Texas
MINT focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of spinal and cranial disorders. We specialize in treating patients with degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors, as well as other spinal disorders. Our head neurosurgeon, Dr. Kutz, has a special interest in minimally invasive surgical procedures, artificial disc replacement, spinal cord stimulation and neuromodulation, and the treatment of thoracic disorders, spine tumors, complex revision, and sacroiliac joint disorders. At MINT, we use the most innovative surgical techniques to help patients get back to life.